This is Polly on the foot of my bed. We are in love with her. She was easy, so easy, to get her to use the doggie door. We took her to our vet, who was quite taken with her. He was checking her throat and she was licking his ear. His exact words were, "Y'all sure did hit the jackpot with this girl!" She has done well with the cats. She is terribly affectionate and loving. She's smart as a whip and, yes, has us well trained. The more I read about her, she is as described by those who write specifically about Black and Tan Coonhounds. Now, she has behaviors that we are working on. I remembered you saying that at her age, she may be harder to train. As of yet, I haven't contacted a trainer. She has puppy traits, the trash cans, jumping up, the usual.
I will never be able to find the words to thank you for Polly. She is such a blessing to me and David is as crazy about her (almost) as I am. My psychiatrist was just thrilled and wants me to take her with me when I have an appointment. The doc herself has 3 dogs and knows how much Polly has helped me with my depression. My friends are wild about her, I am finding that people LOVE hounds, just never occurs that they are precious pets. Polly is great with our 7 year old grandson! He has not been comfortable with dogs, but, of course, she immediately began following him around and he giggles, gives her treats, etc. She does love to dig, we had an electric fence put in, which stopped her climbing over the fence to chase whatever she can find.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,